For an upcoming show we're participating in at Our Lady of Lourdes, 44 Cleveland Ave., Milltown, NJ (plug, plug) we decided we needed more than just one sample of our handiwork to promote our business. As luck (or as we call it a "God-incidence") would have it, we didn't have to look too far. A friend donated her daughter's wedding dress (thanks Tracy!). It probably is the most elaborate gown we've ever worked on so far, heavy cream satin (great for winter) with an overlay of lace, beading and sequins. Because of the long train, we were able to create both a boy's and girl's christening outfit. The boy's outfit done up in the cream satin has a faux vest with a bowtie, covered buttons and pearls scattered across the front. The girl's also used the cream satin as the base dress, decorated at the hem with the detail from her veil. A long coat was created from the overlay, utilizing the expansive lace, beading and sequins. What a great way to "recycle" something that more than likely would be hidden in the back of a closet and never see the light of day and is now a treasured heirloom that can be passed down from generation to generation!